Since ancient times, leeches were used to treat many illnesses and disease through bloodletting, a method where blood was drawn out in the hope that removing impure blood would heal the body. Believe it or not, leech therapy is sometimes the best alternative in treating illnesses, and even surpasses pharmacological treatments. Because of its healing effects to the human body, this traditional method of curing diseases is still thriving today.
Medical leeches – representatives of the class of annelids grown for a special medical purposes. They reach 15 cm in length. In the rear part of the body the leech has sucker by means of which it is sucked. The head part has a mouth-sucker with three jaws with small sharp teeth which leech quickly bites and clings the skin. At the same time the blood itself oozes from the wounds inflicted by leeches. Leeches secrete saliva, which includes hirudin – substance that slows down blood clotting. Hirudin acts for a long time and after the falling away of leeches, wounds bleed within 8 hours, should not be stopped.
Indications for Hirudotherapy
- Inflammation of the veins;
- Inflammatory processes;
- Strengthen the immune system.
Leeches are also used in natural medicine for the treatment of diseases in which the need to reduce blood clotting and improve its fluidity.
This method can be successfully used for varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis and hypertension, for the treatment of headaches, migraines, heart, muscles, nerves, boils, abscesses, joints, inflammation of various organs and some other diseases. Leech therapy has a positive effect on the human immune system and stimulates the body’s self-healing.
The therapeutic effect caused by the leeches – this a checkout blood on a specific location (eg, near the sites of varicose veins). During the application of this treatment is activated whole body. As a result of bloodletting in the body are produced many new form elements of blood, the blood liquefies, is activated immune system, improves the flow of blood and other functions.
The use of leeches for the treatment of patients with disorders of the blood coagulation system is contraindicated. Imposition of leeches for varicose veins to avoid damaging them are engaged specially trained Therapists.
Imposition of medicinal leeches
Each new procedure needs a new leechs – so patients are protected from diseases transmitted through blood. Leeches are kept in glass jars with raw water, closed with gauze and tightly tied. The water is changed every day, and washing the vessel.
Leech usually cling in the legs. Leeches can be applied to other parts of the body, but they should never apply to face, neck and other parts of the body – from the wounds in these areas possible severe bleeding. They should not be applied to the abdomen or the back, due to the difficulty bandaging.
After a complete falling away leeches to the wound imposed sterile bandage. Bandaging is carried out only after the cessation of bleeding wounds and healing after 2-3 days. Typically, the procedure is repeated several times every 2-3 days. Hirudotherapy procedure is painless.